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'Big enough to rattle some folks' | Southern Colorado gets largest earthquake in decades

The largest hit around 11 p.m. Thursday and had a magnitude of 4.3, according to the USGS.

LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, Colo. — Some people felt moderately strong shaking Thursday night related to four earthquakes in southern Colorado, west of Trinidad in the Burro Canyon area.

The biggest with a magnitude 4.3 hit just after 11 p.m., according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The Colorado Geological Survey tweeted that the quake was "big enough to rattle some folks."

The USGS allows residents to self report on their site whether they felt the quake, and as of 8 a.m. Friday, 77 people responded that they had felt shaking.

The "shake map" from the USGS indicates that no damage or very light damage would be expected from an earthquake of this size.

Just over a month ago, another earthquake hit the area. It was centered about 3.1 miles west of El Moro, which is a small town near Trinidad. Data from the USGS indicates it had a 3.1 magnitude.

Credit: USGS

Small earthquakes are not unheard of in that part of Colorado. In 2011 a larger 5.3 quake that hit about 15 miles southwest of Trinidad damaged 46 structures, according to the USGS. Two residences were condemned.

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